Health Products and Supplements

Hello there! So I’ve decided to share a list of current products and supplements that I use daily that help alleviate my IBS symptoms and/or great accomodations to achieve some of my ADLs (activities of daily living). This is not sponsor –everything I say is based on my personal experience and honest opinion!

Supplements

Swanson Ultra Zinc Carnosine PepZin GI

Product Description: PepZin GI is a combination of the mineral zinc and the amino peptide L-carnosine that provides protection to all areas of the stomach. The lining of the stomach is protected from its own caustic gastric juices by a thin layer of gel-like mucus

Review/Thoughts: Before taking this supplement, I would have major stinging pain/sensation in my stomach, especially after a major IBS flareup where I can see visible stomach mucus in my stools! The stinging pain was unbearable, and that’s when I found this product! Since this is a natural product, the healing process is slow (probably takes around 1 week for me to see the effects); however, the stinging pain/sensation was gone.

VSL#3 Probiotic

Product Description: VSL#3 is a high potency probiotic medical food designated for the dietary management of ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and an  ileal pouch. It is a medical food and must not be confused with an over-the-counter dietary supplement. You need to be under medical supervision. VSL#3 is dispensed by a pharmacist.

Review/Thoughts: I was recommended by my Gastrointestinal Specialist to take this probiotic daily for my Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It usually takes at least 3 months for it to start working; however, since it’s pretty pricey, I’m usually on and off with this probiotic. I usually take it consistently for several months when my IBS flares up until the symptoms become stable.

Nature’s Bouty Melatonin (1mg)

Product Description: Nature’s Bounty Melatonin, a hormone naturally produced in the body that is closely involved in the natural sleep cycle.* It’s a terrific choice if you experience occasional sleeplessness or jet lag, or if you want to improve your quality of rest.* Sometimes it’s hard to unwind after a long day, so Melatonin helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.*

Review/Thoughts: I’ve been taking Melatonin for the past 2 years to help me sleep due to my excruciating pain at night. I usually take it 30 minutes before bedtime, and by the time I get to bed, I can feel a bit of a drowsiness which helps me ignore the pain and fall asleep faster. Also, since there’s no studies yet on the side effects for long-term intakes of Melatonin, I tried to stop taking this medication for a month; however, I just don’t feel as refreshed when I wake up the next morning and I was unable to fall asleep until 3AM.

Spectrum Essentials, Chia Seed, Omega-3 & Fiber, 12 oz (340 g)

Product Description: Spectrum Whole Chia Seed is a super nutritional powerhouse, with Omega-3 to help support normal cardiovascular function and fiber, which helps support normal functioning of the digestive tract. Add to your salads, yogurt, cereals or stir-fry dishes for added flavor and goodness. Non GMO, certified kosher by the OU These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

 Review/Thoughts: Since my IBS tends to be on the constipation side, I don’t intake chia seeds everyday. The only time I use this is when my stools are majorly loose and feels stuck in my stomach. I usually mix one teaspoon of chia seeds into a hot cup of water and let it soak for at least 5 minutes before drinking. Since chia seeds contains a lot of fiber, it helps harden up my loose, liquidy stools that causes my stomachache. I would take chia seeds over fiber powder drinks any day!

Products

Penetrex Relief & Recovery Cream

Product Description: Penetrex has established itself as a Breakthrough, Advanced Formulation that has rapidly become The #1 Choice for those suffering from Arthritis, Knee Pain, Back Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Tendonitis, Neuropathy, Sciatica, Bursitis, Fibromyalgia, Neck Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Hip Pain, Tennis Elbow, Golf Elbow, Shoulder Pain, Shin Splints, Heel Pain, Chronic Pain, Sports Injuries, Repetitive Strain Injuries and other Inflammation Related Ailments.

Review/Thoughts: I’m on my 6th jar for this cream already, and yet I still can’t tell whether it completely helps me with the pain or if its just placebo effects. Regardless though, it does feel good temporaily and provided me some comfort after applying onto my tendons and joints. However, I can’t confidently say if the comfort is due to the cream itself or the massage along with it or both.

Muscle Care Extra Strength Roll On

Description: MuscleCare is preservative, paraben, and dye-free. A unique combination of magnesium, menthol, and camphor eases pain, reduces inflammation and relaxes muscle tension within seconds of use.

Review/Thoughts: This is my holy grail in terms of calming my inflamed tendons at night during bedtime! My ankles would feel so hot and inflamed under my blankets, but after applying this, the menthol and cooling sensation just helps me fall asleep faster. The smell is strong and causes allergies to me at times, but this product works and helps alleviate some of my stress and pain.

Toilet Seat Lifter

Product Description: Designed to be comfortable and easy to use. Extra 5 inches of height makes getting on and off very simple. Lightweight, extra strong molded plastic frame provides extra stability and security for user. Proven design. Feel the difference with this premium elevated toilet seat with padded handles. Anti-slip locking mechanism is tool free; just twist screw to lock into place.

Review/Thoughts: I highly recommend this product for someone who has trouble getting up and down from the toilet! With my weak ankles and knees, this product provided me tremendous assistance and independence at home! It was really easy to assemble, and the instructions were straightforward.

Shower Chair

Product Description: The EVA Medical Deluxe Spa Shower Chair offers a comfortable and safe solution to any fall-risk individuals or seniors who have problems standing while showering. Constructed of strong 1″ anodized aluminum frame with angled legs and non skid rubber tips, this shower chair is both sturdy and durable. Its wide, contoured anti-bacterial polystyrene seat offers good support and hygiene for individual during use. The drainage holes on the seat is designed to allow water to be drained effectively thereby reducing the risk of slipping. Our tool-free assembly also makes it easy for any one in the family to assemble for use within minutes. The Eva Medical Shower Chair is safe, hygienic, easy to use and rust resistant.

Review/Thoughts: I have no complaints about this shower chair. It does its job, and its extremely sturdy! I would recommend this for someone who can’t stand long, but wants a comfortable and long shower!

ACE Elastic Knee Brace

Product Description: Soft, neoprene-blend panel stitched around the knee joint provides heat retention for soothing warmth. Finished reinforced edges provide comfort and prevent rolling and slipping

Review/Thoughts: This is a perfect brace to wear under your pants during the cold weather! Whenever my knees throbs, about to flare up, or super weak, I would wear this under to prevent further inflammation or injuries. Also, if you have an ankle flare up, I suggest you wearing this knee brace as a precaution because your knees would be taking on most of the weight and stress!

ACE™ Brand Knee Brace with Dual Side Stabilizers

Product Description: Dual side stabilizers provide extra stability. Comfort fit sleeve helps reduce irritation behind the knee.

Review/Thoughts: I only wear this brace when my knees throb like crazy or when it’s really inflamed, where I need more stability around the area. A con about this product is that it makes my knees really itchy after wearing it for an hour or so! I recommend wearing this OVER pants.

LG Pro Series Ultrasound Unit

Product Description: The goal of Ultrasound is DEEP PENETRATION into the tissue. You will feel very, very slight heat on the surface of your skin. With consistent use, you will notice a a significant improvement in the body area. Ultrasound Therapy will increase blood flow, reduced swelling and inflammation, improve flexibility, and breaking up of scar tissue. Use the ultrasound once a day for a 15 minute intervals on each treatment area. Utilize the Ultrasound and to recover quickly and get back to your daily routines.

Review/Thoughts: Although this portable ultrasound machine dies on me after a year or so, it’s basically my life saver! It doesn’t work as effective as the ones from the physical therapy clinic (those costs thousands of dollars), but this helps reduce my swollen tendons and inflammation in all parts of my body. Usually it takes up to 25 minutes for me to feel the effects!

Sea Band Wrist Band

Product Descriptions:Sea-Band is a family friendly, drug-free solution effective for most types of nausea. Completely natural, Sea-Band uses acupressure wristbands to gently restore balance to your body. No drugs. No side effects. Clinically tested. Suitable for most types of sickness. Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wristband that works because of a plastic knob swen into the side of the inside of the wrist-band which exerts pressure and stimulates the P6, or Nei-Kuan, acupressure point. It was been proven that pressure on this point relieves nausea and vomiting. Sea-Band works immediately and can be worn whenever you feel nauseous. This product can be used continuously and has repeated multiple uses. Sea-Band is suitable for use by children from the age of 3 and up and is available in different colors.

Reviews/Thoughts: I get nauseated and light-headed a lot, and my boyfriend got me this on Amazon. The plastic stud that is attached inside the wrist band stimulate the Nei-Kuan (acupressure point) by its pressure, which is proven by research that applying pressure to Nei-Kuan helps relieves nausea and vomiting. I wear this whenever I have carsick or a major IBS flareup that comes with really bad nausea or vomiting. Also, if you are tiny and petite like me, just purchase the Kids size instead! 🙂

Sunbeam Electric HeatPad

Product Descriptions: The Sunbeam Heating Pad offers UltraHeatTechnology as an effective way to increase the flow of blood to the sore areas causing muscles to relax and healing to happen faster.

Reviews/Thoughts: Another holy grail I cannot live without! I get cold really easily especially at night (I have about 6 blankets too), and this electric heatpad is just amazing! Before purchasing this product, I used to use the mircowavable heat pad, which works better when I have a IBS flareups since it penetrates deeper into my skin; however, its really inconvenient especially I have to go back and forth to reheat it up.

 

And this is it for now! I decided to opt out prescribed medications in this post, but if you’re interested, feel free to comment below, ask questions, or if you want to share any other products that you use! 🙂

Sincerely,

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